LCS chases LNIG Top 8 trophy

LCS chases LNIG Top 8 trophy

MASERU – Although the elders say ‘never to put all your eggs in one basket’, that is exactly what Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) are doing with this weekend’s Lesotho National Insurance Group (LNIG) Top 8 finals at Setsoto Stadium.
‘Masheshena’ are second behind Matlama in the Econet Premier League but they have pin-pointed the LNIG Top 8 as their best chance at silverware this season.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s LNIG Top 8 semi-final against Matlama – the defending Top 8 champions – LCS coach Mpitsa Marai said even though he has not given up on the league success, ‘Masheshena’ have made the Top 8 trophy their main objective.
“Our target is to win the LNIG Top 8 trophy,” Marai said.
“Mathematically, we have not yet lost the league. Even though Matlama is (five points) ahead of us, we will not throw in the towel. In the league, chances are still there to win the title.
“Matlama has an advantage but we will make sure that we win all our remaining games. All teams are fighting now and we have to put in some more work in our practice sessions.”

LCS’s desperate search for a trophy is because they haven’t won one since lifting the league title in 2012.
‘Masheshena’ twice came close to ending that run in the LNIG Top 8 but lost consecutive finals to Lioli in 2016 and 2017. The pain of those defeats still cuts deep at LCS headquarters and Marai said facing Matlama will be a test of his side’s character.

In Econet Premier League play this season the sides evenly split their series with ‘Masheshena’ winning 1-0 in December while Matlama ran out 2-1 winners in a January meeting.
Marai said he expects another tense heavyweight battle between the two teams.
“Playing Matlama has not been easy at all in all our previous matches, now they want to defend their (LNIG Top 8) trophy and we also want something for the club this year, so it will not be an easy game at all,” Marai said.
“Look at league games, our games with Matlama will always be tough.”

Nkheli Liphoto

 

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